DAYS 1 – 28: UK TO MOROCCO
Your epic trans-African overland tour begins in Gibraltar or southern Spain where your Trans Africa Crew will meet you from your flight from the UK. Here, the weather is warmer and as it is a duty free port, everyone can stock up on supplies for Christmas and New Year. You will then cross the Straits of Gibraltar by ferry to Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on the North African Coast.
In Morocco you will visit Chefchaouen – set in a fertile valley of the surrounding Rif Mountains – where you will camp on a ridge overlooking this picturesque town with its white roofs, blue alleyways and narrow streets. You can wander around this relaxed town and even visit one of the old hammam bath houses.
The Roman City of Volubilis is a remarkably well-kept reminder of the Roman presence in North Africa 2000 years ago. On this leg of your Trans-Africa overland trip, you will spend some time wandering around these ancient streets and monuments before driving to the fortress city of Fez, known for its huge covered bazaar with narrow winding alleys, crammed with craft workshops, restaurants, food stalls, mosques, dye pits and tanneries.
You will have a few days in Morocco’s capital, Rabat, where you will be organising visas before travelling onto Todra Gorge where its massive red and orange cliffs rise a thousand feet on each side of a sandy river.
From Todra you will cross the Sarhro Mountains and follow the Draa Valley past numerous scattered Kasbahs – Ait Benhaddou being one such example that has been the inspiration for many a Hollywood film set.
The old capital of Marrakech is your base for the next few days of your Trans Africa overland adventure – allowing you the chance to wander around the Jema el Fna. This square is alive with activity through the day – from storytellers, snake charmers, water sellers and musicians. A nightly ritual sees hundreds of food stalls transform the square into one of Africa’s largest local eating areas – the aromatic smells of fresh local food is fit for locals and tourists alike.
The fishing port of Essaouira is your last major stop in Morocco before you head south following the rugged Atlantic coastline towards Mauritania and the Sahara Desert.